Demétrio Magnoli

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Demétrio Martinelli Magnoli
Born 1958
São PauloSão Paulo state, Brazil
Occupation Journalist
Language Portuguese
Nationality Brazilian
Alma mater University of São Paulo

Demétrio Martinelli Magnoli is a Brazilian sociologist, PhD in human geography, writer and columnist. In 2012, he was named by the Época magazine as one of the "New Right's shrill voices."[1]

Academic life[edit]

Magnoli has a BA in social sciences and Journalism from the University of São Paulo (USP), an institution from which he also earned a doctorate in Human Geography.[2] He was professor of Political Geography and Urban Geography at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP).[3]

Since 1993, he is the editorial director of the newsletter Mundo: Geografia e Política Internacional ("World: Geography and International Politics").[2]


Magnoli published his first book, O que é Geopolítica? ("What is Geopolitics?"), in 1986.[4] In 1997 he was a finalist of the Jabuti Prize, competing with the book O Corpo da Pátria: imaginação geográfica e política externa no Brasil, 1808–1912 ("The Body of the Nation: geographical imagination and foreign policy in Brazil, 1808–1912", UNESP).[5]

He was a columnist for the newspaper Folha de S.Paulo (2004–2006), and since then has written for O Estado de S. Paulo and O Globo,[6] besides contributing to the magazine Época[4] and make comments about international politics for the Jornal das Dez at Globo News.[7]


Magnoli has actively positioned himself against affirmative action measures and racial quotas.[8] In his 2009 book, Uma Gota de Sangue ("A Drop of Blood"), the central thesis is that "affirmative actions and the Black Movement result from an ideological scam" (multiculturalism), which "works against the principle of equality before the law." His point of view that in Brazil "the racial boundary doesn't exist in the minds of the people" and that by the nineteenth century the History of Brazil was told as a "mixture of races" (whereas in the United States, racial segregation became the norm), was challenged even in vehicles of which he actively participates, as Folha de S.Paulo.[9]

Magnoli, who was an extreme-left militant when he was a university student in the 1980s (of the "Liberdade e Luta" – Libelu, a trotskyist organization[10]),[1] criticized in 2011 USP students who protested violently against interventions of São Paulo's military police in the campus, to suppress marijuana use.[11] At the time, he even objected the choice of the university president by direct vote, saying it only made sense "in the 1960s and 1970s", when "there was a need to preserve the educational institution as an area of freedom of expression."[12]

Selected publications[edit]

  • — (1986). O que é geopolitica. São Paulo: Brasiliense. p. 74. 
  • — (1992). África do Sul: capitalismo e apartheid. São Paulo: Contexto. p. 83. ISBN 85-7244-021-6. 
  • — (1993). O novo mapa do mundo. São Paulo: Moderna. p. 64. ISBN 85-16-00819-3. 
  • — (1994). União Européia: história e geopolítica. São Paulo: Moderna. p. 80. ISBN 8516010147. 
  • —; Elaine Senise Barbosa (1996). Formação do Estado Nacional: as capitais e os simbolos do poder politico. São Paulo: Scipione. p. 111. ISBN 8526228102. 
  • — (1997). O corpo da pátria: imaginação geográfica e política externa no Brasil: 1808–1912. São Paulo: UNESP / Moderna. p. 318. ISBN 8516017877. 
  • — (2004). O mundo contemporâneo: os grandes acontecimentos mundiais da guerra fria aos nossos dias. São Paulo: Atual. p. 320. ISBN 8535705066. 
  • — (2004). Relações internacionais: teoria e história. São Paulo: Saraiva. p. 370. ISBN 8502046144. 
  • —; Regina Araujo (2005). O projeto da Alca: hemisfério americano e Mercosul na ótica do Brasil. São Paulo: Moderna. p. 112. ISBN 8516037096. 
  • —; Carlos Serapião Jr. (2006). Comércio exterior e negociações internacionais. São Paulo: Saraiva. p. 377. ISBN 8502060090. 
  • — (2006). O grande jogo: política, cultura e idéias em tempos de barbárie. Rio de Janeiro: Ediouro. p. 271. ISBN 8500020695. 
  • — (2008). Terror global. São Paulo: Publifolha. p. 77. ISBN 9788574029306. 
  • — (2009). Uma gota de sangue: história do pensamento racial. São Paulo: Contexto. p. 398. ISBN 9788572444446. 
  • —; Elaine Senise Barbosa (2011). Liberdade versus igualdade, vol. 1: o mundo em desordem: 1914–1945. São Paulo: Record. p. 457. ISBN 9788501092243. 


  1. ^ a b Nogueira, Paulo (19 April 2012). "Os novos trombones da direita". Época (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  2. ^ a b "Demétrio Magnoli" (in Portuguese). Editora Contexto. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  3. ^ "1° Seminário de Comunicação Revista piauí" (in Portuguese). piauí (magazine). Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  4. ^ a b "Demétrio Magnoli" (in Portuguese). Folha de S.Paulo. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  5. ^ "Revista Pangea Mundo" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  6. ^ "Quem é Demétrio Magnoli?" (in Portuguese). Barsa Saber. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  7. ^ "Demétrio Magnoli participa de seminário do IEE neste sábado" (in Portuguese). Instituto de Estudos Empresariais. 18 October 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  8. ^ "Demétrio Magnoli sobre a política de cotas raciais" (in Portuguese). Instituto Millenium. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  9. ^ Leite, Marcelo (23 September 2009). "Magnoli faz livro de combate contra cotas" (in Portuguese). Folha de S.Paulo. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  10. ^ Freitas, Ronald (3 January 2003). "A lenda Libelu" (in Portuguese). Época. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  11. ^ Phillips, Dom (9 November 2011). "Brazil Student Occupiers Meet the Military Police". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  12. ^ "Os tumultos causados pelos rebeldes sem causa da USP" (in Portuguese). Veja (magazine). 29 October 2011. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 

External links[edit]